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Israeli settlements approval raises tensions before Middle East peace talks

First substantive negotiations for five years between Israel and Palestinians will commence on Wednesday<p>Formal peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will begin next week amid rising tensions over Israel's continued settlement building and the European Union's tough stance on funding for …

Defiant Morsi supporters march in Cairo

Supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Morsi are continuing to stage rallies, with some clashes reported, despite a warning from the interim prime minister of an imminent crackdown on their protest camps.<p>Morsi supporters called for marches to begin after Friday afternoon prayers as the …

Spain to take 'all necessary measures' to defend Gibraltar interests

Spain has said it will take "all necessary measures" to the defend its interests in Gibraltar amid growing diplomatic tensions with Britain.<p>Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Spain will take "legal and proportional steps" after Britain sent a rapid reaction force of warships to visit the island's …

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US tells diplomatic staff to leave Lahore after security threat

Non-essential staff told to move to capital, Islamabad, after specific threat comes amid soaring terrorism in Pakistan<p>The United States has ordered its diplomatic staff to leave Lahore, citing a specific security threat amid soaring terrorist violence in Pakistan.<p>Even though the US consulate in …

White House rejects calls for US boycott of Sochi Winter Olympics

Administration said that Russia's decision to grant Snowden asylum was only one factor in decision to cancel bilateral summit<p>The White House shot down calls for a US boycott of the Sochi winter Olympics on Thursday as it tried to draw a line under recent disputes with Russia ahead of ministerial …